"Empty Nest" is set in Miami and tells of the day to day misadventures of a widowed pediatrician, Harry Weston, and his two adult daughters, Barbara and Carol Weston, who have come back to ... See full summary »
After years of experiencing the rat race of Los Angeles, George Apple, his wife Barbara and their four children move back to George's hometown of Appleton, Iowa, where adjusting to a new culture, new climate, new friends and a new pace are not as easy as they thought it would be.Written by
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I remember this thing. It was 'Waltons' related. Earl Hamner had a hand in this show some way or he endorsed it, and yes, it came on Sunday nights.
I wanted to watch it then, but couldn't, but I have since seen it on TVland and it was truly dreadful.
Endless liberalistic views that are even worse now than they were then.
Episodes involved the family protesting the tree being cut down by climbing up into it, the father bought a zoo (about a half dozen animals, but he called it a zoo) and the youngest boy, Eric Olsen, learned a valuable lesson about selling candy.
Young Olsen seemed to have the most difficult time looking interested and cute when he often looked bored.
The opening credit would involve the family gathering round a picnic table and Vincent Van Patten turning the crank on the ice cream maker with a big smile on his face.
I've operated many of those hand cranked ice cream makers, and me nor my brothers and sisters were smiling like that!
I would watch one or two episodes and there would be a scene with the husband and wife talking over some issue then the wife would proceed with "I'll tickle you if you don't. I'll tickle you if you don't."
I guess that was supposed to be a happy loving couple.
The notion that life was simpler or easier or freer is ridiculous, which many of those hippy protesters and commune livers soon learned. Gardening and livestock involved work, like pure manual labor. Think that it is anything else, and you are in for a surprise.
The grandfather would only be added because the family wasn't winning ratings, so granpa was brought in to try to give it some life.
The daughter that was replaced went from a Velma Dinkle looking girl to Kristy McNicol. Because the school newspaper wouldnt publish knobby kneed McNIcol's report, she was hollering censorship.
Any time the family felt turned on, it seemed that insensitive fat cigar businessmen were responsible.
This was the show, however, that made me realize that what we saw outside was not necessarily what was inside, as a newspaper article would show what was behind that windmill and it was all boards.
Where was the house?
I was learning that the exterior shots were done who knows how far away from interior shots.
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